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Here are the 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics The U.S. Coast Guard released, revealing that boating fatalities last year totaled 610, the second-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record.

-From 2013 to 2014, deaths increased from 560 to 610, an 8.9 percent increase
-Injuries increased from 2,620 to 2,678, a 2.2 percent increase.
-Even with these increases in deaths and injuries, as compared to the record low year of 2013, 2012 to 2014 collectively set record lows for accidents, deaths and injuries.

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-The total number of accidents increased from 4,062 to 4,064, a 0.05 percent increase.
-The fatality rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 10.6 percent increase from the previous year’s rate of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
-Property damage totaled approximately $39 million.

ALCOHOL A LEADING FACTOR
The study found that alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 21 percent of the deaths. Other causes include:

-Operator inattention
-Improper lookout
-Operator inexperience
-Excessive speed.

Where the cause of death was known, 78 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Where boating instruction was known, 77 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had not received boating safety instructions.

MOST DANGEROUS VESSELS
The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats. The vessel types with the highest number of fatalities were open motorboats, canoes and kayaks.
The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket; take a boating safety course; get a free vessel safety check; and avoid alcohol or other impairing substance consumption.

“We thank our partners for their work in boating safety, particularly for the Wear It! and other key outreach initiatives promoting life jacket use, boating education efforts, and Operation Dry Water activities. Together, we focus on the important role of life jacket use, navigational knowledge and safe, sober boating to prevent accidents,” said Capt. Jon Burton, director of inspections and compliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.

The Coast Guard report states that alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 21 percent of the deaths. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and alcohol use ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.

Have you been injured in a boating accident or any other kind of accident? If so, call us at LAW OFFICES OF KARIM ARZADI.  When you contact our office, we will immediately set up a free, confidential appointment where you will meet an attorney who will listen to you and evaluate your case.  We have conveniently located offices in Perth Amboy, New Brunswick, Jersey City, Roselle and East Orange. We understand traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries and other medical problems caused by accidents and the problems that they can cause in your daily life.  Our law firm will always work to make sure you are compensated fairly.

Whether you were a pedestrian, a bicyclist, the occupant of train, or car, motorcycle, boat or any motor vehicle, or have been hurt at an amusement park or at your workplace, bitten by a dog or injured in a fall down accident, you should immediately  call us .

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